French Lentils in Puffed Pastry

French Lentils in Puffed Pastry

Serves 4 to 6

Savory French green lentils swim with shallots, carrots and parsnips in a rich red wine-flavored broth. Topped with festive puff pastry in individual ramekins or one large pie, this is the perfect vegetarian entrée for your holiday table.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 1/2 cup French green lentils, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 large parsnip, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (-ounce) package puff pastry, defrosted
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Method: 

Put lentils in a large bowl, cover with water, and set aside to let soak for 2 to 3 hours. (Soaking the lentils make them more easily digestible. You may skip the soaking step and simply cook the lentils for an extra 15 to 30 minutes, until tender.)

Drain lentils and transfer to a medium pot. Add 3 cups water and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until lentils are tender but still hold a little texture, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Heat oil over medium heat in a medium pot. Add shallots, carrots, parsnips, and salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and tomatoes, stir well, then add wine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for an additional 5 minutes.

Add lentils and their remaining cooking broth to pot with vegetables. Simmer over medium low heat, uncovered, until sauce has thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour lentils into individual ramekins or into one deep pie dish. On a lightly floured surface, roll out puff pastry dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into circles just slightly larger than the tops of the ramekins (or pie dish). Place dough over lentils and make a few slashes over the top to allow steam to escape. Bake until golden brown and piping hot, 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:400 calories (130 from fat), 14g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 310mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (9g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 14g protein
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